Rural Health Research Center, Kataragama
Rural Health Research Center, Kataragama

The establishment of the Rural Health Research Center (RHRC), Kataragama is a significant landmark event in the history of the Faculty of Medicine, the premier medical institution in Sri Lanka which was founded almost 150 years ago. This centre was developed under the Quality Improvement Grant of the HETC project of the World Bank awarded to the Faculty of Medicine. This task was spearheaded by Prof. Upul Senarath with the support of Dr. Sanath Senanayake, Dr. Sisira Pathirana and Dr. Manuj Weerasinghe under the guidance of Prof. Saroj Jayasinghe, Prof Nadira Karunaweeera and the Dean of the Faculty Prof. Jennifer Perera in 2018. The Working Group of the HETC project facilitated operational support from its inception.

Front view of the center

The Centre will facilitate a programme of health research relevant to rural communities and to provide opportunity for collaborative research projects under different fields. It will also serve as a coordinating center for elective programmes for local and international students to pursue their studies on community-based health services in Sri Lanka. This will be a resource centre for the region to provide evidence to address key health issues in the area.

The centre is governed by a management committee under the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. The facilities at the centre include a conference hall to hold about 50 participants, four guest rooms, and ample green space bordering menik ganga.


World Hypertension Day 2023

A Health camp was conducted for the people of the area to screen for hypertension, renal disease, and diabetes. It was to commemorate the “World Hypertension Day 2023” at Rural Health Research Centre, Kataragama. This was organized by the Rural Health Research center, University of Colombo, Faculty of Medicine and Diabetes Endocrine Cardio-Renal Trust (DECRT).…

Ceremonial Opening of Rural Health Research Centre, Kataragama

Sri Lanka was in the process of eliminating of malaria, and the infrastructure of this facility was upgraded into a research center through a grant under the World Bank for Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century Window-3 (HETC-W3) during the 2015-2018 period. Through this grant, the Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) of the University of…

World diabetes day celebration 2022 & Initiation of community physiotherapy clinic at RHRC,Kataragama : 19th November 2022

A diabetes screening & awareness program was held at the Rural Health Research Center, Kataragama, for commemoration of World Diabetes Day, on 19th November 2022 with the organization of the University of Colombo, Faculty of Medicine and sponsored by the Diabetes Endocrinology & Cardio Renal Trust. Furthermore, the Rural Health Research Center in Kataragama conducted…
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